Ming Dynasty Marks

For over twenty years I have searched the world for lost, undiscovered and looted Chinese works of art to repatriate back to China.

The story of V.I.P Jiu 8 begins on my birthday, the 2nd of July 2014. It is a tale that begins with a wrongly attributed, chipped and cracked wine cup that hid an astonishing secret dating back to imperial China, a secret connected to its longest-reigning emperor, Kangxi, who ruled China from 1662 until 1722.

Read the full story of V.I.P Jiu 8 – Historically, enjoyably and restoratively the BEST BAIJIU IN THE WORLD! 贵宾酒8 – 有史以来举世无双的白酒佳酿

Reign periods, or nianhao, constitute a basic unit of the Chinese calendar. Traditionally, dates are given as year XX of the YY reign period. The third year of the Chenghua period is 1467, since the first year was in 1464 when the Yongzheng Emperor began his rule. The name of a nianhao is actually an auspicious title or slogan chosen to indicate and support a political direction. Originally, emperors could have several such titles during their years on the throne, changing them when a new direction was instituted.

Starting from the Ming dynasty, however, the custom of picking new titles disappeared and each emperor used a single nianhao during the entire span of his reign. When a new emperor ascended the throne, they picked a new title. As a result, the reign titles became associated with, and designate, the ruler. So when we talk about the Chenghua Emperor then, although “Chenghua” is actually not the emperor’s name (real name Zhu Jianshen) but a title chosen at the beginning of his rule, it is perfectly clear who we mean by that designation.